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X-Plane 12 System Requirements Revealed

X-Plane 12 System Requirements Revealed

The PC system requirements of the new flight simulator X-Plane 12 has been revealed. Although Laminar Research has not yet announced an early access date, it is slowly approaching the release. We’re warming up to XP12 more with the teased images. When the simulator is ready for purchase, it has been announced that the X-Plane 12 demo will be released for free. 

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3, i5, i7, or i9 CPU with 4 or more cores, or AMD Ryzen 3, 5, 7 or 9.
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video Card: a DirectX 11-capable video card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel with at least 2 GB VRAM

If your system is borderline, we encourage you to try the demo first. The full version of the simulator will perform exactly the same as the demo—neither better nor worse. (Note: The X-Plane 12 Demo will be available when the simulator is ready for purchase.)


  • CPU: Intel Core i5 8600k or Ryzen 5 3500 or better
  • Memory: 16-24 GB RAM or more
  • Video Card: a DirectX 12-capable video card from NVIDIA or AMD with at least 4 GB VRAM (GeForce GTX 1070 or better or similar from AMD).

Supported Video Cards:

  • NVIDIA: NVIDIA GeForce 900 or newer, driver version 470.82 or newer.
  • AMD: AMD Radeon RX 500 or newer, driver version Adrenaline 21.11.2 or newer.

Supported Operating Systems:

  • OS X: OS X 10.15 or newer (e.g. Catalina, Big Sur, or Monterey).
  • Windows: Windows 10 or 11, 64-bit.
  • Linux: Varies
    • While X-Plane 12 will run on Linux, we don’t provide support for specific distributions; if you want to run on Linux, you will need to try X-Plane on your distribution to see if it is compatible. With that in mind, we have developers using Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04 LTS successfully.
    • We require the proprietary driver from NVIDIA to run X-Plane. We require the Mesa drivers for AMD to run X-Plane.





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